Nurse assistants may be found in doctor offices, clinics, hospitals, and other medical settings as their primary job duty are to assist other medical staff with the care of patients. Generally nursing assistants, who are sometimes referred to as nurse aides or orderlies, report to registered nurses and other supervisory medical staff. According to the Health Careers Center, the typical duties of a nurse assistant may include everything from taking a patient’s vital signs to setting up x-ray machine equipment to bathing patients. The average nurse assistant salary for the profession varies not only within the U.S., but also around the world. In some countries, such as Germany, the job does not even exist except on foreign military bases.
Salary Range in the U.S. and Job Requirements
In order to work as a nurse assistant, the minimum education requirement is usually a general educational development (GED) certificate or a high school diploma. Some medical facilities in the U.S. require that a formal nurse assistant program is completed, which commonly leads to a certified nurse assistant (CNA) certification. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS – www.bls.gov) shows that the average annual salary for this profession is $24,010 from the most recent survey data. As of 2012, the survey also shows the salary ranges from a low of $17,790 to a high of $34,580. Those without CNA certification usually stay within the lower of the salary range.
United Arab Emirates
Job seekers in the United Arab Emirates may expect some of the best pay when working as a nurse assistant. While the pay varies a little, such as from Dubai to Saudi Arabia, the monthly salary is still quite high. The average monthly salary range for a nurse assistant in the United Arab Emirates is between $1,600 and $4,000 USD. However, a minimum of a CNA diploma or certification is required, and the higher salary does require a minimum of five years of experience on average.
Nursing assistants in the United Kingdom will expect a pay rate similar to that in the United States. Professionals can also expect similar job duties to those in the U.S. The salary range listed on Payscale.com for a nurse assistant in the United Kingdom starts at £10, 274 and goes up to a high of £21,211. Certification, such as a Certified Nursing Assistant, is also required by the hiring medical facilities in the country.
In Australia, someone working as a nurse assistant may expect to make between AU $32,200 and AU $50,752. Job duties for the position are the same in Australia as in the United States. The salary is quite high due to the high demand for qualified workers in this profession. Like the United States, medical facilities in Australia look for employees with CNA certification.